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This Is 40 (2012)

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Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall apart.

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Judd Apatow

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Judd Apatow, Judd Apatow (based on characters created by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Rudd ... Pete
Leslie Mann ... Debbie
Maude Apatow ... Sadie
Iris Apatow ... Charlotte
Jason Segel ... Jason
Annie Mumolo ... Barb
Robert Smigel ... Barry
Megan Fox ... Desi
Charlyne Yi ... Jodi
Hugh Fink ... Male Boutique Customer
Graham Parker ... Graham Parker
Tom Freund ... Graham Parker Solo Band
D.A. Sandoval ... Older Pregnant Parent
Megan Grano ... School Playdate Parent
Mackenzie Aladjem ... School Playmate Child
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Storyline

Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are turning 40. But instead of celebrating, they're mired in a mid-life crisis with unruly kids, debt and unhappiness mounding. Pete's record label is failing and Debbie is unable to come to terms with her aging body. As Pete's 40th birthday party arrives, Pete and Debbie are going to have to rely on family, friends, employees, fitness trainers, aging rockers and ultimately each other to come to terms with life at age 40. Written by napierslogs

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Taglines:

The Sort-of Sequel to 'Knocked Up'

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, crude humor, pervasive language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

This Is Forty See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,030,690, 23 December 2012

Gross USA:

$67,544,505

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$88,058,786
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sadie is a big fan of Lost (2004) and Jack (Matthew Fox) is repeatedly shown on screen. In Knocked Up (2007), Ben is very disparaging about Matthew Fox, saying there is nothing interesting about him. Ironically, Paul Rudd was a self-described "mega-fan" of "Lost" when it was on the air. See more »

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While Roe V. Wade legalized abortion nationwide when decided in 1973, abortions were legal with conditions in 16 states prior to the decision and outright legal in 4 (NY, WA, HI, AK). Depending on travel and location it may have been possible for Pete's mother to have one legally. See more »

Quotes

Debbie: So you would do sex with me?
Flirty Hockey Player: 'Do sex'? What are you, Borat?
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Crazy Credits

After the main credits roll, there's an extended alternate take of Catherine ad-libbing insults during the conversation with the Julie, Pete, and Debbie. See more »

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Paradise by the Dashboard Light
Written by Jim Steinman
Performed by Meat Loaf
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Inneundos overflowing
27 May 2014 | by p-stepienSee all my reviews

Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Pete (Paul Rudd) are both homing in on 40, a breakthrough age, where youth is now firmly behind us, highlighted by their elder teenage daughter Sadie (Maude Apatow) going through her puberty. Far from a dysfunctional family nonetheless Debbie and Pete struggle to rekindle the attachment and mutual fulfillment that this marriage has brought forth. Pete is a loving father, despite the fact that Sadie was never planned, he affectionately tries to perform his duties, even if his love for rock music places him as somewhat of a family outsider. Coupled with his ailing music label, dedicated to the old timer music lovers, Pete is increasingly left alone.

In turn Debbie owns a clothes store, (wo)manned by the alluring Desi (Megan Fox) and the troubled Jodi (Charlyne Yi), one of them guilty of stealing profound amounts of money, thus further increasing the family financial crisis. Sadie, hot on the heels of her first period, is an avid "Lost" fan and is going through a period of teenage angst, which spitfires as an open rebellion to the actions of undeniably immature parents later on in the movie. In the background we have the star of the movie, Charlotte (Iris), an 8 year old with wit to die for and a knack for a short but pinpoint summary of events.

Much in the vein of "40 Year Old Virgin", Judd Apatow gets in deep with an odd mix of slapstick, vulgarity, toilet humour and the rampant Tarantinesque meandering dialogues. Nonetheless, where it works in other movies, the low-brow humour felt markedly out of place for the majority of this family drama, jaggedly deflating tension and dramaturgy in order to force a cheap laugh. On top of that Apatow attempts to overdose on sideshow (primarily unfunny) jokes, which derail attention and exacerbate running time. Nonetheless the movie has a pretty decent flow, but I found myself distinctly uninterested as to where the drama is headed, which questions how effective mix of comedy and social commentary actually is. One of Apatow's weaker scripts isn't helped by its predictability and overly sexual innuendos.


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